Archives for August 2016

ME professor pens editorial about biofuels in Des Moines Register

Mechanical engineering professor Robert C. Brown penned an editorial in today’s Des Moines Register about one of his research specialties: biofuels. Brown – who holds both the Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and the Gary and Donna Hoover Chair in Mechanical Engineering – is the author of 2012’s Why are We Producing Biofuels?: Shifting to the Ultimate Source of Energy. [Continue Reading…]

Researchers Garner Grant to Study Innovative Biofuels Production Technology

Dean Rajala receives national ABET Fellow Award

Sarah Rajala, dean of the Iowa State University College of Engineering, has been named a 2016 ABET Fellow Award recipient. She will receive her award at an Oct. 28 event in Baltimore. ABET accredits higher education programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology – they accredit more than 3,500 programs [Continue Reading…]

Building a strong foundation in innovation

Recent mechanical engineering grad is advancing his experience in research at UC Berkeley When Payton Goodrich participated in his high school’s robotics program, his passion for mechanical engineering ignited. The Minneapolis native brought that energy to Iowa State and excelled in the classroom and in research projects. Now, he’s starting his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, [Continue Reading…]

CBE Grad Seminar Series schedule offers researchers from near and far

Iowa State University’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering has released its Graduate Seminar Series schedule for the fall 2016 semester, with numerous researchers from institutions nationwide and from Iowa State University set to present their work. Part of the required curriculum for chemical engineering graduate students at Iowa State, the seminars are open to [Continue Reading…]

PrISUm: Changing the future of transportation

Alumnus David A. Sabatini named 2016 recipient of national award for global outreach

VR goes to the Fair

Five Iowa State University (ISU) students spent their Saturday at the 2016 Iowa State Fair promoting Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) to hundreds of fair-goers who walked through the 4-H building. Children and parents visiting the booth experienced demos of AR on iPads and VR in the Oculus Rift. Visitors learned about the [Continue Reading…]

Chen, Laflamme awarded $200K from NSF for multi-purpose structural system research

“How can you multi-purpose—re-think—structural systems?” Iowa State University (ISU) researchers have a new theory to answer that question. Earlier this month, the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) Division of the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded ISU professors An Chen and Simon Laflamme more than $200,000 in research funding. The project, “Multifunctional Structural Panel for [Continue Reading…]

ISU graduate student awarded $25,000 Monsanto scholarship

Conrad Brendel, graduate student in agricultural and biosystems engineering, is one of 10 recipients chosen to receive a $25,000 scholarship from Monsanto Company. The scholarship is part of the Monsanto Graduate Student Scholarship program, a three-year program that was started last year by Monsanto, a sustainable agriculture company. The program was created to bring awareness of [Continue Reading…]

Marston Hall Renovated

Plymesser promoted to senior lecturer, brings real-world experience to construction engineering classes

When it comes to teaching, Cliff Plymesser gets high marks for bringing the real-world experience to his classroom. For the past six years, Plymesser has taught as a lecturer at Iowa State’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE). “I just really enjoy working with the students and helping them grow in their understanding of [Continue Reading…]